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Rushen Abbey

Mill St, Ballasalla IM9 3DB
+44 1624 648000
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Kids loved Rushen Abbey.

We visited with our grandchildren aged 9 and 7. It has been many years since I last visited, and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stockton on Tees
Good set of ruins and plenty of interactive opportunities

Finding the place is a problem. A critical road sign points in the wrong direction. When you find... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
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Rushen Abbey was gifted by King Olaf I for use as a monastery in 1134. Today the remains of the Abbey sit in the peace of the Abbey Gardens. The Abbey tells its story from medieval times to the present day and includes a great range of interactive activities for visitors of all ages.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible1%
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Mill St, Ballasalla IM9 3DB
+44 1624 648000
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited with our grandchildren aged 9 and 7. It has been many years since I last visited, and the improvements are fantastic. The displays give lots of information on the monks lives, there is also a massive model of the Abbey as it was...More

Thank Baldromma
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Finding the place is a problem. A critical road sign points in the wrong direction. When you find the place sit is worth it. The ruins themselves are available to look at, along with plenty of information boards, although some of the board sketches don't...More

Thank DaveMcInally
Reviewed 20 May 2017

the site of the abbey has a visitor centre which tells the history of rushen abbey there are interactives for all ages so it makes an ideal family outing well worth a visit

Thank james b
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

What a lovely visit we had here yesterday. We were there on our own ! The weather was glorious ! The staff were so friendly , helpful & interesting ! Thank you. We enjoyed it all , the exhibitions & the games. They were there...More

Thank Penny W
Reviewed 14 April 2017

These Abbey ruins have a great story from the monks to strawberry tea dances to a nightclub. It is told in an innovative way,the usual audio visuals to dressing up as monks and then the children centered games all over the site. Children of all...More

Thank Peelgirl1954
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Lovely grounds any time of the year. Indoor museum and tea room too. Special events. The "Tempest" outdoors was ama,Inc, despite showers!

Thank triskeles
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely loved there was lots of activities for children young/old or grown up but still enjoy the simple things.There was a dressing up box ,my son dressed as a monk(he's 20!)

Thank Sue N
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

There is nothing really there. The visitor centre has more to see than the site. Just a few bits of ruins to see. There is not even a cafe.

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We had purchased a pass that let us into a whole lot of historical venues but without it I'd have felt a bit ripped off. The Abbey is very informative about its history but it is largely re-enacted examples and there is very little of...More

Thank kam0706
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This abbey is off the beaten track, and probably seen as an afterthought to a visit to nearby Castletown and Castle Rushen. We almost didn't go ourselves. After all, I thought, it is a ruined abbey. Seen plenty of those. But we had some time...More

Thank Brian M
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Andrea P
How much does it cost to have a wedding at Rushen Abbey? How much notice do you need?
25 February 2016|
Response from HarryS70 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Andrea P I am not able to answer your Question but if you go on the Manx Heritage website you might be able to find out more information that way. It has beautiful grounds and I would think it an ideal location for a... More
Andrea P
How much would it cost to get married at Rushen Abbey? how much notice do I have to give?
25 February 2016|
Response from ManxNationalHeritage | Property representative |
Hi Andrea, it really depends on your requirements. You can find out a little more at the venue hire section on the Manx National Heritage website (this is a .im site). Our Venue Hire Coordinator would be very happy to... More